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Lancashire win the county championship

Lancashire Telegraph: GOT HIM Lancashire celebrate after Tom Smith catches out Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas GOT HIM Lancashire celebrate after Tom Smith catches out Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas

Lancashire have this afternoon won their first County Championship cricket title for 77 years.

Warwickshire started the day as favourites, needing just to match Lancashire's result to take the crown.

However, despite making Hampshire follow on, they were frustrated on the final day at the Rose Bowl as the match ended in a draw.

Openers Stephen Moore and Paul Horton set Lancashire on their way with 71 and 55 respectively in the second innings at Somerset.

And around 5.10pm, Lancashire passed their target of 211 to win the match by eight wickets.

The winning runs, hit by Steven Croft, sparked jubilant scenes.

Lancashire took 23 points to Somerset's 5 and in the end took the title by a seemingly comfortable 11 points.

The last Red Rose title triumph was in 1934, though they also shared it in 1950.

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5:45pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Robbie says...

get in!!

lancashire lalala lancashire lalala lancashire lalala lancashire lalala
get in!! lancashire lalala lancashire lalala lancashire lalala lancashire lalala Robbie
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6:35pm Thu 15 Sep 11

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

Well done lads, absolutely fantastic!!!
Well done lads, absolutely fantastic!!! MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
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6:53pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Langho blue says...

Fantastic achievement - well done boys
Fantastic achievement - well done boys Langho blue
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7:35pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Accy Phil says...

Well done boys a fantastic effort!
Well done boys a fantastic effort! Accy Phil
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8:01pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Dickiepayshey says...

I've waited all my life for this day.

Fantastic.
Well done lads, and thanks !!!!!
I've waited all my life for this day. Fantastic. Well done lads, and thanks !!!!! Dickiepayshey
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8:32pm Thu 15 Sep 11

itsgettinggrimmerupnorth says...

At long last!! Well done on an historic achievement.
At long last!! Well done on an historic achievement. itsgettinggrimmerupnorth
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11:20pm Thu 15 Sep 11

carrman2 says...

Congratulations Lancashire, Great to hear the result , Made my day here in Cardiff,,, And well done Lowerhouse too winning the Lancashire league, Good on yer west enders,,,
Congratulations Lancashire, Great to hear the result , Made my day here in Cardiff,,, And well done Lowerhouse too winning the Lancashire league, Good on yer west enders,,, carrman2
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11:44pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Just Dennis says...

I too have waited all my life for this wonderful moment.
As a very young schoolboy I remember the tied championship with Surrey in 1950 and ever since have followed Lancs in those great and sometimes desperate years which have flown by.
Who amongst us supporters can ever fail to wonder why in those halcyon years of the Gillette Cup winning era when BBC TV could hardly resist presenting us for pure entertainment value,we could never clinch the County Championship.
Was it the weather-perhaps yes -as surely the likes of Clive Lloyd,Farokh Engineer,Frank Hayes,David Lloyd,Barry Wood,Harry Pilling,Peter Lee,Peter Lever,Jack Simmons et al were surely worthy of coming good.
But it was never to be until today when a team of youngsters led by our captain and link with the old days Glen Chapple performed the miracle.
After the initial euphoria had passed,I have to confess to sitting quietly alone and shedding a joyful tear
I too have waited all my life for this wonderful moment. As a very young schoolboy I remember the tied championship with Surrey in 1950 and ever since have followed Lancs in those great and sometimes desperate years which have flown by. Who amongst us supporters can ever fail to wonder why in those halcyon years of the Gillette Cup winning era when BBC TV could hardly resist presenting us for pure entertainment value,we could never clinch the County Championship. Was it the weather-perhaps yes -as surely the likes of Clive Lloyd,Farokh Engineer,Frank Hayes,David Lloyd,Barry Wood,Harry Pilling,Peter Lee,Peter Lever,Jack Simmons et al were surely worthy of coming good. But it was never to be until today when a team of youngsters led by our captain and link with the old days Glen Chapple performed the miracle. After the initial euphoria had passed,I have to confess to sitting quietly alone and shedding a joyful tear Just Dennis
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